The Yothu Yindi Foundation’s vision of delivering world-class education on country in northeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory is coming to life.

With the support of the Commonwealth Government, Stage 1 design and development of the Garma Institute has formally commenced.

Read Minister Burney’s media release here.

The Story So Far

The Garma Institute is the culmination of more than 20 years’ work by the Yothu Yindi Foundation and community leaders for locally-owned and locally-run education.

It is inspired by the success of the old Dhupuma College – a residential college for Yolngu students which operated in the area in the late 1970’s, and which counts many of today’s community leaders among its alumni.

“Dhupuma” means looking up in the Yolngu language.

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The Garma Institute sits at the top of an education pipeline that provides a Yolngu-centred curriculum for local students, through the Dhupuma Barker junior school and the Dhupuma Studio secondary school.

Education works best when it’s led by the local community, and YYF is working hand-in-hand with parents and families every step of the way, ensuring there’s community involvement in everything from the design of the buildings to what’s taught in the classroom.


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